COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A new Ohio law making it a felony to abuse a companion animal in the state of Ohio goes into effect Tuesday.
House Bill 60, also known as Dick Goddard’s Law, makes it a fifth degree felony to cause “serious physical harm” to any companion animal, which is defined as any animal kept inside a residential dwelling, and any dog or cat regardless of where it is kept. Serious physical harm includes depriving a pet of food, water or shelter or inflicting long-term pain.
A person found guilty would have to pay a fine and face a prison term of at least six months to a year in prison.
The law would also impose mandatory prison time for anyone who assaults a police dog or horse that dies of its injuries.
The legislation was passed by both Ohio House and Senate members in May.